Currently we change our needleless connectors q 7 days and prn. INS Standard 35 C states the optimal interval for changing injection or access caps on central, peripherally inserted central, and midline catheters is unknown; however, it is recommended that they be changed at least every 7 days. It then references Standard 29 which states add-on devices should be changed with each administration set replacement.
How confusing is this. So if following the standard, our intermittent tubing gets changed q 24 hours, we would need to change the connector along with it. I know this is not doable financially.
What is your practice and is your practice based upon another standard? Our CLABSI rate is below the benchmark but we have not been able to sustain zero for more than a 5 month stretch. The connector time of use is somthing I'm exploring now.